As part of a number of management changes taking place at Hoëgh Autoliners over the next few months, as of April, Ingar Skiaker has been appointed chief operating officer, based in Oslo, Norway while Steinar Løvdal is the new president of Höegh Autoliners Inc. based in Jericho, New York.
Ingar Skiaker has held various commercial and operational positions in HUAL/Höegh Autoliners since 1981. In 2009 he was appointed head of Region Americas.
Steinar Løvdal has been with Höegh since 1998 in various positions, including a period in Shanghai and most recently as responsible for Höegh Autliners' commercial activities in Europe.
In addition to those changes, from the beginning of June Geir Berger will take up the position as head of Region, East Asia, based in Tokyo, Japan, moving from his position as head of Capacity Management, which he took up in March 2010. He takes over the position from Øyvind Ervik who will take up a new role as key account manager, Nissan, based in Oslo.
Hoëgh reports that a number of other imminent changes in organisation will be reported in due course as the company pursues improved trade systems, vessel planning and closer relations with key customers.
Simon Hobbs will take over as vice president, Automotive at Ceva Logistics at the beginning of May this year.
Hobbs moves over from DHL Supply Chain where he managed the Automotive aftermarket sector in the UK. At Ceva he will work with the Automotive team on developing Ceva’s provision of services for the aftermarket sector as well as broadening the company’s offering for pre-production by establishing relationships with manufacturers.
Hobbs, who has an MBA in Supply Chain Management from Cardiff University, will also manage Ceva’s relationship with universities and the recently launched UK Automotive Forum, which is sponsored by the company and presented by the Centre for Automotive Management at the University of Buckingham.
Penske has announced that Paulo Sarti has taken immediate control as managing director of South American operations. He will be based in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and is replacing Bill Scroggie who has returned to the US to serve as Penske's senior vice president of operations for the Central Region.
Having been with the company since 2004, Sarti was most recently senior director of Operations. In this capacity, Sarti was responsible for leading a team of over 1,400 associates. He managed the P&L operations of distribution centres, transportand in-plant logistics for nearly two dozen operations across Brazil.
“I am very pleased to be named managing director,” Sarti said. “This is an excellent time to focus on the amazing growth opportunities in Brazil, and build on our momentum to drive Penske towards continuous success. I am looking forward to making significant contributions in the years ahead.”